WITH a full training camp, Rolando Gabriel Dy vows to bounce back from a disappointing debut with a better performance as he takes on Teruto Ishihara in UFC Fight Night 117 on September in Japan.
In his first UFC stint, Dy suffered a TKO loss to Alex Caceres after stepping in as a late replacement and training for just two weeks against his well-rounded American foe.
That loss set back his MMA record to 8-5 but he remained unfazed.
After the defeat, Dy confidently went up to the UFC higher ups and told them that he'll be able to show his true potential with a full training camp in his next fight.
Now that he got his second chance, Dy hopes to make the most of his opportunity to showcase his true potential.
"My debut was on two weeks notice and I fought a veteran. I'm very hungry and I know I'm ready. I told them, give me a full training camp and I will perform," said Dy.
"Now that I have about two months of preparation, I'm ready. He might survive but he will not win," he added.
In his six-week training camp, Dy went to Thailand and trained with team Quest to work on his Muay Thai and wrestling.
Knowing the strengths of Ishijara (9-4-2) as a southpaw striker, Dy also worked with some of the best left-handed strikers in Thailand to familiarize himself with his Japanese foe’s style.
For the son of boxing great Rolando Navarette, he will be a totally different fighter come fight night.
"If he expects I'll be just the same fighter as I was against Caceres, he'll be having a big mistake," said Dy.
Asked about his goals for this fight, he's definitely shooting high and is looking to make an impression.
"50 Gs!" Dy said referring to the $50,000 bonus the UFC gives out for excellent performances.
"It's either Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night or Performance of the Night."